Monthly Archives: August 2007

Spending Time With MAXjet at the LAX Inaugural

Yesterday was just one of those days when it’s great to be an airline dork. There’s nothing I like more than heading to the airport for an event that doesn’t involve the stress of actually going anywhere, and yesterday MAXjet’s launch of service from LAX to London/Stansted gave me that …

Brancatelli Bites, US Airways Bites Back

The other day, USA Today ran a scathing article by Joe Brancatelli regarding US Airways’ transatlantic operation. In a nutshell, it said that the airline’s international operation is falling apart. Flights are horrifically late (demonstrated with FlightStats on-time results), the cabin interiors are in terrible shape, crews are short-staffed, and …

AirTran Starts in on Milwaukee

Remember how I said there was no reason AirTran couldn’t try to build up Milwaukee on its own even after failing to take over Midwest?

Here it comes.

This morning, the airline announced that07_08_29 fltroopers they will begin deploying troops, er, bumping up Milwaukee flights just in time for the winter …

Southwest to Start LAX – SFO

Southwest finally (re)started flights to San Francisco yesterday with Vegas, Chicago/Midway, and San Diego flights hitting the runway. 07_08_28 wnvxBut that was overshadowed by Southwest’s long-anticipated announcement that they would enter the LAX-SFO market on November 4, pretty much the only major intra-California route they don’t serve today.

The big dog …

This Delta Ad is Right 12% of the Time

Not sure why, but some of my readers don’t seem to like my happy, kudos-filled posts like the Delta one from last week. I guess you’re looking for more CRANKY. With that in mind, I’ll be happy to oblige this morning.

I may like what Delta has been doing online …

Today Show Bends Northwest Over, Then Bends Over for Continental

Not sure how many people have seen the latest series on the Today Show called “Today’s Travel Turbulence in the Skies,” but it’s been interesting. They’re inviting a series of airline CEOs to come on and talk about what’s going on. Unfortunately, they aren’t really playing fair.

07_08_24 steenlandtodayFirst up (that …

Delta Gets Bloggy

Delta’s really been pushing into the whole web 2.0 world more than any other airline lately. Today, they took another step by quietly launching their corporate blog Under the Wing. As far as I know, this is the only US airline with a blog besides Southwest. (Yes, JetBlue …

Delta Picks Neo, er, Different Mr. Anderson

The long-anticipated news finally dropped yesterday that Delta’s board of directors had picked Richard Anderson to be CEO. Rumors had been swirling for months, and it appears that the board has decided to assert itself here over the wishes of current management.

Who is this guy? Well, he played MacGuyver …

United Spins Its New Video

I saw this article online yesterday and just had to laugh. When I read the headline – “United to upgrade domestic in-flight video systems” – I got excited for a second. Are they going to install personal screens?!?

No, of course not. I should have known better. This is just …

China Airlines’ Five Year Streak Broken

It had been a good five years for China Airlines. It almost seems silly to say it, because five years without an accident should be a given for most airlines of that size. But for China Airlines it was a true accomplishment. Unfortunately, that record was broken this weekend when …

Behavior Detection Officers

Well, it’s a done deal. Midwest accepted TPG’s beefed up offer of $17 a share. I’m going to assume it’ll pass the antitrust review, so now all we can do is wait and see what happens. That means we can talk about other things today. How about Behavior Detection Officers?…

United Thinks It Feeds You Too Much

Mmm, Biscoff cookies. 07_08_15 biscoffIf you’re flying United these days, these cookies are about the only thing that differentiates the airline from American or Northwest (if you aren’t in Economy Plus). Apparently, they’ve now decided that they’re giving you way too much food on each flight, so they’re cutting back.

On …

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